Chris Mantle - Senior Food and Health Development Worker

Chris has worked with Edinburgh Community Food since 2011.  He supervises our dynamic Development team and currently works in the South East of Edinburgh as part of Out & About (run in partnership with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust). This project seeks to reduce social isolation and promote healthier lifestyles through outdoor activities, exercise groups, cooking and nutrition training. 

Chris also manages the administration and delivery of our Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland courses:

In his spare time Chris is a musician, reads a lot and loves going camping on the west coast.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Jo Howie - Food and Health Development Worker

Jo has worked at Edinburgh Community Food since February 2018 and delivers food and nutrition sessions in the Leith area of Edinburgh.  She is currently running the Feeding Healthy Hermie Futures project at Hermitage Park Primary School, working with nursery families and P7 pupils.

In addition, Jo works in the Inch as part of the Out and About Project in partnership with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust. This project seeks to reduce social isolation and promote healthier lifestyles through outdoor activities, exercise groups, cooking and nutrition training.

Jo is also an experienced deliverer of the REHIS Elementary Food and Health and Eating Well for Older People course.

In her spare time, Jo loves going to the gym and watching her 2 sons play football for Leith Athletic.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Catherine Fyfe - Food and Health Development Worker

Catherine has worked as a Food and Health Development Worker for Edinburgh Community Food since March 2017. 

Catherine works primarily in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh as part of the Tasting Change project in partnership with the Health Agency. Additionally, Catherine currently delivers 'Family Cooking Sessions' to both Hailesland Early Years Centre and Niddre Mill Primary School as part of the Food for Thought Education Fund.  

Catherine is also an experienced deliverer of REHIS Food Hygiene, Food and Health and Eating Well for Older People.

In her spare time Catherine enjoys reading, music, yoga and travelling!

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Jess Pearson - Food and Health Development Worker

Jess studied Nutrition at Kingston University in Surrey to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and specialises in breastfeeding and early years nutrition.  She joined Edinburgh Community Food in October 2017 and is the resident Nutritionist for The Willow Project where she provides nutritional support for women who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  Jess also delivers the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course and runs a cooking group for young parents in the South of Edinburgh as part of the Out & About project.

When Jess isn't at work, you will most likely find her pushing her daughter in a swing at the park, doing arts and crafts or attempting to drink a hot cup of tea.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 4676 7326

Lesley Curtis - Food and Health Development Worker / Edible Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Lesley has worked part-time as a Food and Health Development Worker at Edinburgh Community Food since September 2018.  She currently runs Food Friends at Viewpoint Housing, a cooking group for older adults which aims to raise the awareness of malnutrition and reduce social isolation.  Lesley also works in partnership with The Willow Centre to run their Next Healthy Steps programme for women in the criminal justice system.

From March 2019, Lesley has also been the Edinburgh Sustainable Food cities Co-ordinator.  This is a city-wide role where she is responsible for driving the delivery of the Edinburgh Sustainable Food City Action Plan with the aim of making Edinburgh an exemplar Sustainable Food City.  Her role has helped the Edible Edinburgh partnership work towards achieving the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze award in June 2019.